Luke carrying his little friend into the church service.
The kids all sat on mats on the floor. The pastor's sermon was about Christmas and why December is the most important month of the year. Because geared towards the children and very simple I understood his Portuguese!
After church the ladies headed straight to the kitchen where they began preparing lunch - chicken cooked with onions and garlic, rice, and coleslaw. It was delicious!
Emanuel and Fatima peeling garlic
Making the coleslaw
While they prepared lunch Pastor Alfonso and Benedita took us on a tour of the "farm". As we were completing our tour we could hear rain coming. We made it back to the porch just in time to escape a drenching.
Luke entertaining the crowd with his new hairstyle
Pastor Alfonso, Charlie and Benedita. That's the goat barn behind them.
Abby, Luke and the kids who live there enjoyed digging in a big pile of dirt. They were filthy by the time we were ready to go home. There are currently 11 children that live at the orphanage. Pastor and Benedita and their own children were staying there overnight so that today they could pass out little Christmas packages (cookies, some candy and a balloon) to these kids and other children that live in the area.
They also grow pineapple there.And I think they may be eating ham out there today - they slaughtered a pig right after lunch yesterday. Luke and Abby saw the poor pig shortly after his demise and were quite fascinated, not grossed out like I thought they would be. Luke told us that the pig had gizzards coming out of his neck. I think we need to work on our farm animal facts as I'm pretty sure a pig does not have a gizzard.
Pastor Alfonso greeting one of the pigs.